It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker. Please consider supporting our site by purchasing an account.
This web browser is not supported. Use Chrome, Edge, Safari, or Firefox for best results.

New York Times, Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Author:
Andrew Kingsley
Editor:
Will Shortz
TotalDebutLatestCollabs
164/29/20169/15/20193
SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
1213054
ScrabbleRebusCirclePangram
1.55020
Andrew Kingsley

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 40 Missing: {Q} Spans: 2 Grid is asymmetric. This is puzzle # 4 for Mr. Kingsley. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Andrew Kingsley notes:
Sometime in the days of yore When themeless puzzles had become quite a bore I groped for a theme which would prove not a snore; ... read more

Sometime in the days of yore
When themeless puzzles had become quite a bore
I groped for a theme which would prove not a snore;
Yet nothing came rapping at my vacant mind's door.

Tired of waiting for a fancy to spore,
I selected a tome from some worn out bookstore.
Full of whimsy and wit and nonsense galore
It quickly became a story adored.

Now Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, Lewis Carroll to you
Was a tinkerer with words and puzzling guru,
Yet there was one puzzle he Mad-Hatterly posed
Whose solution no one has yet to suppose.

So I leave it to you, my frabjous scores
To decipher the cipher Mad Carroll once swore
To leave rejoindered by readers
Nevermore.

Jeff Chen notes:
I was surprised that I'd never heard this riddle before. I admit that I didn't get the joke when I did the puzzle, but I really ... read more

I was surprised that I'd never heard this riddle before. I admit that I didn't get the joke when I did the puzzle, but I really enjoyed researching it. Apparently Lewis Carroll didn't actually have an answer for this riddle, rather he intended it to be nonsensical. Didn't stop a ton of people from coming up with possible answers that actually fit!

I like the creativity required to come up with the potential answer, BECAUSE POE WROTE / ON BOTH (OF THEM), attributed to the great puzzler, Sam Loyd. Neat to be able to make that Poe connection. I would have absolutely loved it if "on" felt more spot-on to the Raven — BECAUSE POE WROTE (ABOUT) (the Raven) feels much better to my ear — but "on" still mostly works.

No long bonus fill, but Andrew did well in his choices for mid-length material. Love me some MILK DUDs, and a TEA COZY is so delightfully British (I'm currently hooked into this season's "The Great British Bake-off"). Nice NASCAR entry/clue too — I had no idea that NASCAR was behind only the NFL in terms of TV viewership. Whoa!

I imagine the older crowd might not care for HATHA yoga, VAPE, or ERAGON, but I like them all. HATHA yoga is really popular here in Seattle (plus, I smell VAPEs everywhere). And it's incredible that Christopher Paolini's ERAGON was published before his 21st birthday. I have to give props to a guy who sold his book series in a very unconventional way — instead of getting an agent and having that agent shop the book to the major houses, he toured all over, dressed in "a medieval costume of red shirt, billowy black pants, lace-up boots, and a jaunty black cap." That takes some serious guts!

And nothing terribly offensive in the fill. A minor SWEE and our good crossword Giant Mel OTT. The grid doesn't sing, but it is nice and smooth. A reasonable trade-off.

Really glad to have learned about this "riddle." I'm sure I'll be up all night trying to think of an absolutely genius answer. (Don't tell my wife.)

Jim Horne notes:
Did you notice that the grid is asymmetric? Mr. Kingsley's way to avoid this problem (caused by the way the words in the quote break) ... read more

Did you notice that the grid is asymmetric? Mr. Kingsley's way to avoid this problem (caused by the way the words in the quote break) is to bend the usual symmetry rule, but in a way that nearly fools your eye.

1
C
2
H
3
A
4
D
5
C
6
L
7
O
8
D
9
J
10
A
11
M
12
R
A
R
E
13
S
H
A
L
E
14
M
E
M
O
15
O
T
B
S
16
P
A
N
A
M
17
I
D
O
L
18
W
H
Y
I
19
S
A
R
A
V
E
20
N
L
I
K
E
21
N
A
S
C
A
R
22
A
O
K
23
A
W
R
24
I
25
T
26
I
N
G
D
27
E
28
S
29
K
30
A
31
C
32
E
33
S
E
R
I
N
34
S
U
R
E
R
35
R
A
P
36
T
37
D
U
E
T
38
S
39
D
A
D
A
40
A
R
I
E
41
S
42
L
U
R
E
43
S
44
G
A
M
45
B
E
C
A
U
46
S
E
P
O
E
W
47
R
O
T
E
48
C
I
A
49
T
E
E
N
E
R
50
O
51
N
52
B
O
T
H
53
O
54
F
55
T
H
E
M
56
S
U
E
Z
57
A
D
O
R
E
58
O
59
M
60
A
61
N
62
L
I
L
Y
63
R
O
L
E
S
64
V
A
P
E
65
O
T
T
66
A
R
K
S
67
E
X
P
O
© 2016, The New York TimesNo. 1102 ( 24,466 )
Across
1
African land whose capital is N'Djamena : CHAD
5
Clumsy sort : CLOD
9
Printer problem : JAM
12
Like Inverted Jenny postage stamps : RARE
13
Fuel-yielding rock : SHALE
14
"I guess you didn't get the ___" : MEMO
15
Wagering sites, for short : OTBS
16
Onetime rival of TWA : PANAM
17
Kelly Clarkson was the first one, informally : IDOL
18
Start of a Mad Hatter riddle that went unanswered : WHYISARAVENLIKE
21
After the N.F.L., the most-watched sports org. on U.S. television : NASCAR
22
Just dandy : AOK
23
End of the riddle : AWRITINGDESK
30
Golf or tennis coup : ACE
33
Small European finch : SERIN
34
Not so risky : SURER
35
Totally absorbed : RAPT
37
All-time best-selling Frank Sinatra album (1993) : DUETS
39
Marcel Duchamp's art style : DADA
40
Sign before Taurus : ARIES
42
Anglers' aids : LURES
44
School of whales : GAM
45
Start of a possible answer to the riddle : BECAUSEPOEWROTE
48
Org. in "Argo" : CIA
49
Typical user of a transistor radio : TEENER
50
End of the answer : ONBOTHOFTHEM
56
1956 crisis site : SUEZ
57
Be nuts about : ADORE
58
Muscat's land : OMAN
62
Flower that symbolizes purity : LILY
63
Sellers had three in "Dr. Strangelove" : ROLES
64
Smoke an e-cigarette : VAPE
65
Polo Grounds great Mel : OTT
66
Flat-bottomed boats of old : ARKS
67
Comic Con, for one : EXPO
Down
1
Feature of the Budweiser logo : CROWN
2
Kind of yoga : HATHA
3
"We have the meats" chain : ARBYS
4
"Two Women" director : DESICA
5
Blacken on a grill : CHAR
6
Del Rey with the album "Ultraviolence" : LANA
7
Norway's patron saint : OLAV
8
Lower in status : DEMEAN
9
Warrior monk of sci-fi : JEDI
10
Bad way to run : AMOK
11
Underground pest : MOLE
13
Traded verbal barbs : SPARRED
14
Caramel bite from Hershey : MILKDUD
19
Dust-creating tools : SAWS
20
Often-rummy holiday drinks : NOGS
24
"Go me!" : IRULE
25
Bridgegate problem : TIEUP
26
It's a start : INTRO
27
First novel in Christopher Paolini's Inheritance Cycle : ERAGON
28
Give Xanax, say : SEDATE
29
"Hipster doofus" on "Seinfeld" : KRAMER
30
___ Spring (2010s movement) : ARAB
31
Obama follower? : CARE
32
"The Divine Comedy," e.g. : EPIC
36
Knit item at a social : TEACOZY
38
Does a slow burn : SEETHES
41
Swords or cups, in tarot : SUIT
43
___'Pea : SWEE
46
Much of North Africa : SAHARA
47
Take away : REMOVE
50
Viking Ship Museum city : OSLO
51
Night, in Nantes : NUIT
52
Martial arts award : BELT
53
Landfill emanation : ODOR
54
Much coffeehouse music : FOLK
55
Diez minus siete : TRES
59
Upper limit, for short : MAX
60
Facebook, on an iPhone or Galaxy : APP
61
Prefix with classical : NEO

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

Found bugs or have suggestions?